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Advice for Senior Job Hunters

After sending out dozens, sometimes hundreds of resumes, the experienced worker can easily become disillusioned with the job hunting process. Their long work histories and experience levels often make it seem like they are over qualified and will cost too much to employ. Unfortunately the market is flooded with people in this situation, so you must develop a strategic plan to help identify what positions to apply for and how to sell yourself to those companies.

Indiscriminately sending out applications means that you will also be applying for a lot of low-level jobs. Instead, tailor your search to companies that value your background and skills. If there is a standing professional connection you have that can recommend you for the position, be sure to take advantage of that option. If you are worried that your age is hurting you, trim down your resume to show only the last 10-15 years of experience. Employers don't require seeing all 30 years of your employment history so you don't need to add it unless you're sure it helps your case; just be sure not to trim it down so much that you land in a position for which you are overqualified. When you actually reach a face-to-face interview, don't forget what is appropriate decorum for an interview. Asking too early about compensation and benefits can hurt your chances more quickly than age; also keep in mind that the salary for your position could be up to 20% less than what you were making before you were laid off. Appearing victimized by your former employees never helps, but showing how you've developed and matured and helped mentor others during your tenure does. Read the full article.